11-member Syrian family finally arrives on P.E.I.

CBC P.E.I. - All 11 members of a Syrian refugee family arrived on the Island Thursday morning.

The family was originally supposed to arrive from Turkey, where they had been staying in a refugee camp, on July 19 but their arrival was delayed.

A group of Queens County churches and a number of individuals, including Charlottetown resident Bonnie Stewart, are sponsoring the family.

The family has nine children, who range in age from five months to 16 years.

The family will be living at the Charlottetown Trinity manse, which the sponsorship group is renting for them.

The P.E.I. churches raised more than $50,000 to support the family. The group also ran a GoFundMe campaign that raised $26,000 with people donating from all over the world, including from Qatar, Australia and Scotland.